Traveling can interrupt your daily routine, and taking your supplements is one thing that often slips your mind. But sticking to your routine and traveling with supplements can do wonders for your health and energy levels. After all, the last thing you want is to get sick and have to postpone your trip or come home early. In fact, you’ll need even more energy and mental stamina to sustain you through your travels.
But traveling with supplements can be tricky. With all the confusing travel requirements, you might ask, “Can I bring herbal supplements on a plane?” or “Will the TSA confiscate my supplements?”
We’ve put together the ultimate guide to traveling with supplements to answer those questions and more. You’ll learn tips on packing them and the best supplements to feel energized and healthy throughout your trip.
The short answer is yes! You can carry powdered and capsule supplements onto the plane in checked or carry-on luggage. Most vitamins and herbal supplements are allowed if they go through the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening process. You can keep your supplements in their original packaging or use pill organizers. Either way, they don’t require special handling by TSA agents when going through security.
Vitamins in liquid form, however, are subject to the TSA restrictions regarding liquid substances. Passengers may include a 3.4-ounce or smaller container of liquid in their carry-on bag. Anything more than that must be placed in checked luggage. If you have liquid supplements, consider swapping them out for a capsule for your trip.
Some countries restrict certain supplements, so if you’re traveling abroad, it’s important to check with your destination country. But as long as your supplements are legal to possess in the country you’re visiting, you shouldn’t have any problems traveling with them.
Can You Travel With Tea?
If you’re a tea lover, you’ll be happy to know that you don’t have to leave your favorite infusions at home. You can take them with you! Before you get too excited about having your favorite in-flight beverage, let’s talk about making sure your tea leaves make it safely onto the plane.
If you usually keep your bagged or loose-leaf tea in a tin, consider transferring them into a resealable bag. It will be less bulky and more carry-on friendly. Plus, there’s nothing more sad than having to scoop your loose tea leaves out from the bottom of your carry-on!
Occasionally TSA agents will ask you to remove items from your carry-on so they can get a closer look, especially if your tea obstructs images on the X-ray machine. Place your tea in an easy-to-grab, securely sealed bag to simplify this process.
Will TSA Confiscate Supplements?
One of the biggest worries travelers have about taking supplements with them is that the TSA will confiscate them. The good news is that TSA guidelines allow you to bring dietary supplements onto the plane.
To keep your travel day stress to a minimum, be sure to pack your powder or capsule supplements in sealed containers that can be removed easily from your carry-on bags.
If you’re traveling with liquid supplements, make sure they are in containers that hold 3.4 ounces or less. You can check the TSA website if you’re unsure about your specific supplements. Remember that if a TSA agent considers your supplements suspicious, they may ask you to step aside so they can open and inspect them.
Traveling with Supplements: How to Pack
Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, it’s comforting to know you have your supplements with you wherever you are in the world. If you’ve ever gone a few days without your digestive or cognitive support supplements and then felt icky and unbalanced, you know how important it is to stay consistent.
But what’s the best way to pack supplements for travel? We have three suggestions for you to make packing easy and effortless.
1 Pack Supplements In a Secure Bag Or Container
The last thing you want is to find your capsules floating around in the bottom of your backpack. And can you imagine the mess a powdered supplement would make if it got loose? Make sure you have a bag or container that seals tightly. If your pill dispenser has a mind of its own and pops open without warning, it’s time to trade it in for an upgrade.
Another option is to take daily packs instead of multiple bottles of capsules. Individual daily packs like our Immune Support Daily Pack and Stress & Mood Support Daily Pack are carefully curated to provide a whole-herb Ayurvedic formula. They conveniently provide the daily support you need, especially while traveling. Just grab the number of packs you need and tuck them away in your carry-on.
2 Pack Extra Doses
Not only do you want to make sure you pack enough supplements to last for the duration of your trip, but it’s a good idea to pack a few extra, just in case. Have you ever dropped a capsule onto the floor? The five-second rule may be fine when you’re home, but what if you’re in a cafe or walking down a busy sidewalk? A few extra doses will give you peace of mind and support your health throughout your trip.
3 Pack Supplements for Easy Access
Whether traveling for a few days or weeks, having easy access to your daily supplements is essential. You never know when you might need digestive relief from eating unfamiliar foods or a calming chamomile tea after a particularly stressful travel day. It might be helpful to take a few digestive supplements with you on your daily excursions.
Traveling With Medications
Remember that when traveling, TSA doesn’t require medications to be in clearly labeled prescription bottles. Still, the best practice is to keep all medications in their original container clearly labeled with your name, healthcare provider’s name, and dosage.
If you plan to travel abroad, bring copies of your prescriptions with you. You may not travel to bring medicine or medical equipment to others abroad. And certain drugs that are legal in other countries but not in the United States cannot legally enter the country and will be confiscated.
Traveling with Supplements: Which Herbs to Pack?
If you regularly take various herbal supplements and vitamins, packing everything you need can feel like a hassle. You might be tempted to lighten your load by leaving some of your daily staples at home.
But what if you had a grab-and-go solution for packing all of your herbal allies? Instead of taking up space in your carry-on with numerous bottles, we recommend a convenient, easy-to-use daily pack. There’s no need to change your herbal supplement routine.
Keep reading to find out the packs we recommend before, during, and after your trip.
Before Your Trip
Planning a trip, making travel arrangements, and packing everything you need can be overwhelming. Taking care of your physical and mental health during this stressful time is essential. Too much stress can weaken your immune system, so taking time to rest, meditate, and boost your immunity with herbal remedies is essential.
Stress relief herbs like Ashwagandha and Tulsi promote a healthy response to energetic and physical stress. Try ending your day with a calming Tulsi Honey Chamomile tea to promote sleep and support immunity in the days leading up to your trip.
The last thing you want is a pesky cold sneaking up on you and sidelining your plans. Our Immune Support Daily Pack contains key ingredients like Tulsi (Holy Basil) and Andrographis for respiratory support and Turmeric and Guduchi for a fortified defense against unwanted invaders.
During Your Trip
When you’re traveling, whether for business or pleasure, our Digestive Support Daily Pack can be a lifesaver. As you explore the local fare, herbs like Trikatu, Turmeric, and Ginger help you digest foods that may not be in your typical diet.
The Digestive Support Daily Pack also includes a robust Liver Kidney blend paired with the classic Andrographis for the ultimate cleansing and detox support after a night of sampling regional foods.
Stress relief during your trip is another consideration. Even the most well-traveled individuals can have moments of tension and worry. A demanding travel itinerary or unfamiliarity with your new surroundings may feel overwhelming. Taking a moment to stop, breathe, and center yourself can do wonders for calming your nervous system. But sometimes more is needed.
Our Stress & Mood Support Daily Pack offers Gotu Kola and Bacopa — two widely known herbs for their calming influence. Ashwagandha, Shankpushpi, and Tulsi (Holy Basil) are included for their mood-lifting qualities and ability to promote balanced emotions.
Adding these ancient herbs to your daily travel routine will help you enjoy the new sights and sounds of your destination while feeling calm and relaxed.
After Your Trip
Returning to your daily routine after a weekend getaway or extended vacation can feel a little unsettling. On the one hand, you may be happy to be home in your familiar surroundings, but on the other hand, you may find it hard to focus.
The Cognitive Support Daily Pack is a great choice for travelers who want to return to their daily routine quickly. The special blend of herbs is designed to help ease you back into your regular routine with cognitive clarity, mood, and memory support.
Gotu Kola is a tonic for nerve and brain cells that promotes cognitive clarity, while Ashwagandha and Tulsi (Holy Basil) are revered for their stress-relieving qualities. Bacopa has been used in traditional Ayurveda to support memory, mood, learning, and focus.
Knowing you’ll have these ancient herbs’ support when you arrive home often helps dissipate feelings of stress and helps quiet the mind.
Traveling With Peace of Mind
There’s no reason to dampen your wanderlust spirit! Traveling with supplements is easy when you take the time to pack everything you need in a secure, easily accessible bundle. Just make sure to plan ahead and check the laws and regulations of the countries you’ll visit for the latest information. With your herbal allies by your side, you’ll have peace of mind wherever your adventures take you.